Next time you’re cruising the state capital, plan a dinner at Mio Posto. The Italian osteria is creating a buzz with specialties like melt-in-your-mouth potato gnocchi with beef brasato, tomato ragu, and whipped ricotta; grilled swordfish; and a killer osso bucco dish with Heritage Berkshire pork and polenta.
200 Lark St, Albany
Snap up a multi-course, prix fixe lunch for $22.95 or dinner for $32.95 at more than 200 area restaurants during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Chefs will showcase the bounty of the local harvest and goods from artisanal food and drink producers. (October 30-November 12)
www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com or www.valleytable.com/hvrw
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Asian fusion is the order of the day at Red House, serving all your Chinese/Japanese/Thai faves, like roasted pork and shrimp egg rolls, traditional pad Thai, Szechuan steak, and sushi. Plus, sake, Japanese whiskey(!!), and Japanese beer on tap.
30 Main St, Milton
The Taste of the Catskills Festival is a family-friendly, farm-based event that showcases the region’s culinary and beverage renaissance. Feast on barbecue and Belgian-style pub food while you sample local beer and wine. Kids’ activities — as well as workshops for foodies — make sure everyone is amused. (October 7 & 8)
Maple Shade Farm
2066 County Highway 18, Delhi
At Troy’s ever-popular ChowderFest, you can sample soup from spicy to comfort-food creamy at area restaurants, booths, and businesses (just $1 per cup). Then cast your vote for the top palate-pleaser in categories like vegetarian, seafood, and most original. Live music, children’s activities, and sidewalk sales, too. (October 8)
Monument Square & participating locations throughout downtown Troy
For your next Sunday brunch, take a road trip to The Millerton Inn, a new dining spot housed in a gorgeous Victorian. Keep it simple with house-made Greek goat milk yogurt and granola or indulge in classic Eggs Benedict, a Dutch baby pancake with caramelized apples, and a side order of biscuits with cinnamon butter (you deserve it).
53 Main St, Millerton